Rheumatoid Arthritis In America 2016 is a national survey of more than 3,100 individuals who identified as living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The results this year's study show that initial symptoms are often invisible to others and that receiving an accurate diagnosis can often prove difficult for patients.
Ok. I know these results seem almost hilariously obvious to those of us actually living with RA. (Anyone else a child of the 90s and have the undeniable urge to shout "no duh!"??) However, this study is important, because having data to back up the invisible realities we face every day is key to helping us be better understood - both by our healthcare professionals and by our friends and families.
If you'd like to learn more about the study, you can read the rest of the press release (including a quote from yours truly!) on EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News. I'll also include the infographic with an overview of the study findings below! Maybe consider sharing it with your friends and family members who are having trouble understanding what you are going through? And/or use it as a reminder that you are not alone!